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Residents queue to buy groceries at a supermarket along a street blocked by debris and burned items following nighttime unrest in the Magenta district of Noumea, New Caledonia, May 18, 2024 .

The authorities of New Caledonia known as on Saturday May 18 for the lifting of the blockades, which proceed to dam the territory and its financial coronary heart of Greater Nouméa. He “strongly condemns any obstacle to people’s access to their essential needs”stated a press launch.

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The state of emergency has made it doable to regain very partial calm since Friday. The city, to which some 10,000 activists or younger delinquents had converged in the beginning of the week, based on the authorities, stays prey to dysfunction. The official demise toll from the violence on Friday was 5 folks shot lifeless, together with two gendarmes and three Kanaks. But a father of a Caldoche household was killed on Saturday, within the north of Grande Terre, whereas attempting to cross a dam at Kaala-Gomen, revealed the channel La 1timedata confirmed by a gendarmerie supply at Agence France-Presse.

“We're killing each other, we can't continue like thissaid Vaimu'a Muliava, in charge of the civil service in the local government. It will be very difficult to get back up. But there is still time. Free up access! It is a slogan which is not only that of the government, but that of the population. »

According to La 1time146 commercial and public establishments “have burned or are in the process of igniting”. The checklist of targets doesn’t appear closed: calls to assault city halls have been heard on social networks.

Still “serious clashes”

The subject motion coordination cell (CCAT), arrange by the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front, claims to cross moderation directions. In a press launch on Friday, she repeated that she had “mobilized the country for a noble cause”independence, and holds “the State responsible for the loss of human lives, abuses and devastation of the economic fabric of the country”. A double discourse, based on the chief, in Paris, which qualifies the CCAT as a company “violent mafia”.

In the suburban neighborhoods of Nouméa, the place calm reigns, residents of “protection committees” have posted movies of pleasant and multicultural meals on-line. ” Courage ! The High Commissioner himself said that the neighborhood protection committees must be maintained”encouraged Virginie Ruffenach, president of the Rally (right).

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But there are studies of armed militiamen engaged in manhunts in opposition to the rioters. And the northern districts, like these of the communes of Dumbéa or Païta, proceed to be prey to sturdy tensions.

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